Girl watching over baby in hospitalBecoming a major donor to Murdoch’s Children’s Research Institute offers a unique and rewarding opportunity to help us improve the lives of millions of children each year in Australia, and across the globe.

Our story began in 1986 when paediatrician Professor David Danks established the original Murdoch Institute with the unparalleled generosity and support of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. Since then, philanthropy has played a pivotal role in helping MCRI to become Australia’s most influential and highest-rated child health research institute and one of the top three worldwide.

For over three decades MCRI has made profound advances in diagnosis, treatments and technologies that have helped children live healthier, longer lives. But we still do not have a cure for many, and children being born today are anticipated to have shorter life spans than their parents. The answer to these big issues is research - and providing the evidence to underpin new approaches, new therapies and meaningful policy change for children.

Investment in the health and wellbeing of our children has never been more critical or much needed.

How your gift could help

Man talking to a boy in a wheelchairMuch of Murdoch Children's life-saving research would not be possible without the generous support of our donors. Whatever your area of interest - your gift will make a difference to the lives of millions of children and their families. Some examples of how you can support MCRI are listed below.

  • Provide much needed early-stage seed funding for projects and pilot studies, often large-scale transformational research and break-through discoveries
  • Invest in people for impact by supporting the career of an emerging researcher
  • Purchase state of the art technology and equipment, integral to aid researchers in their discoveries
  • Attract world-class researchers through the establishment of an endowed Chair
  • Co-invest into one of MCRI’s three newly established philanthropic funds and help us make an even greater difference to paediatric research, and the health of children
  • Fund the early phases of a clinical trial for new treatments into a range of diseases
  • Make a lasting impact on the lives of future generations of children by leaving a gift in your will
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Our major donor team works closely to match your interests with MCRI's expertise. Like you, we want each gift to have the maximum impact, and to create better health outcomes for children and families.

Contact our Philanthropy Team to explore how you can be part of a future ensuring that all children have the opportunity to live a healthy and fulfilled life.

Tracy Houston

Philanthropy Manager, Engagement and Philanthropy

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Donations to Murdoch Children’s help us accelerate the breakthroughs that will give all children the opportunity to live a healthy and fulfilled life.